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Go-To-Gifts: Girl Edition

Sometimes people I work with come to me for ideas to give kids, moms, girlfriends, etc. for special occasions. I typically answer with one of the following options and, in most cases, one fits the bill perfectly.

Every kid needs a Little Giraffe Blanket. I hear Suri Cruise has like 50 of these things, but they are the softest blankets in the world and my little guy still likes to snuggles on his (although it doesn't quite cover his toes anymore). All I could say when I got my blanket as a shower gift from a friend is "I wish they made these in my size" - and guess what - now they do! They ain't cheap, but totally worth the money you pay! (Infant blanket typically retails for $58.00). They come in great colors and patterns.

Graduation, Baby, Wedding
One great gift that works for just about anyone and everyone can use is a great tote. Lands End offers totes in tons of sizes, colors and styles - plus you can add a great monogram - all for around $40. I received one when my son was born that had his name on it and we use it every time we go on a road trip, visit the pool or visit friends.

Kid Birthdays
If you feel like trying something a little different for a kid or even teenage birthday gift, try a personalized beach towel - this works especially great for kids with spring/summer birthdays.

Here are some great ones from The Company Store and Garnet Hill.


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